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Further reading and watching on Brazil, to get you in the spirit for TEDGlobal

A view of Rio de Janeiro, where TEDGlobal 2014 will take place. Photo: Thinkstock

A view of Rio de Janeiro, where TEDGlobal 2014 will take place. Photo: Thinkstock

TED has traveled to Tanzania, to Canada and to India. We’ve been to Germany, to Qatar and to assorted places throughout the United Kingdom and the state of California in the United States. But in a few weeks, we are headed for the first time to South America. TEDGlobal 2014 kicks off on Monday, October 6, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

So why Brazil? And why now? Curator Bruno Giussani explains. 

“We wanted to go to South America because it’s one of the regions of the world where we’ve never had an official TED event, but where TEDx and the Open Translation Project and TED.com are really taking off in a significant way,” he says. “We went and visited several cities—not only in Brazil, but in other countries too. We looked at many different options—big cities, small cities, capital cities, far-off cities. In the end, Rio turned out to be not only a very attractive city, but also a vibrant hub of creativity and innovation. It’s a place where there is big thinking on the social and political issues affecting the world.”

Below, some further reading — and watching — to get you excited for this trip to Brazil. Not able to be there in person? Get TED Live to watch from afar, or follow our coverage here on the TED Blog.

Some stories to read … 

Why the World Cup was such a pivotal moment for Brazil: Misha Glenny on Brazil’s colonial heritage and its present realities »

How to survive in the urban jungle of São Paulo, from an insider »

Startups, street schools, and micro revolutions: The world’s most optimistic millennials call Brazil home »

A TED Fellow leads the charge against Brazil’s $2-billion-a-year illegal wildlife trade »

An insider’s tour of Brazil’s creativity and innovation culture »

A TED Fellow who’s working hard to keep an invasive species of mussels from entering the Amazon »

What you need to know about Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, and racism at the World Cup »

Some talks to watch…

The 4 commandments of cities from Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro »

How Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his hometown—Curitiba, Brazil— and changed the way city planners think in the process »

Charles Leadbeater shares education innovations developed in Monkey Hill, one of Rio’s favelas »

Speaking of Rio’s favelas, artist JR on why he decided to travel there and turn the landscape into a canvas »

Brazilian social documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado shows the silent drama of his images »

And check out the playlist  “South America!” for talks on the creativity flowing through the continent, and the unique challenges it is facing »

And naturally, we’ve got lots for you to read on what to expect from TEDGlobal 2014 in general… 

How we chose the themes and speakers for TEDGlobal 2014 »

The full speaker lineup, arranged by discipline »

The favelas of Rio. Photo: iStockphoto

The favelas of Rio. Photo: iStockphoto

Another view of Rio. Photo: Thinkstock

Another view of Rio. Photo: Thinkstock